Naval Architecture Higher Apprenticeship - 2017 start

BAE Systems
Barrow in Furness, Cumbria
27 Sep 2016
27 Sep 2017
Start Date
24 months+

About the role

Naval Architecture is a whole boat engineering discipline and operates as one of the design authorities within the shipbuilding industry. Naval Architects are not only involved in the design of vessels but also support all aspects of manufacture through to launch, test and commissioning, acceptance by the customer, in service support and even decommissioning / disposal.

Within Submarines the Naval Architects are responsible for all hydrostatics (weight and stability), watertight integrity, hydrodynamics (speed related performance, manoeuvring and control) and are also the Docking Authority responsible for all movement of the submarine units.

The Naval Architecture Higher Apprentice scheme aims to develop A-level or equivalent qualified people to become our Naval Architects of the future.

About the scheme

The scheme is designed to provide a broad knowledge of Naval Architecture through three to six month placements, over a 5 year period, in an engineering environment. A large part of the work involves computer based design. However, Higher Apprentices also get extensively involved in other activities, such as computer simulation modelling and physical model tank testing. The Naval Architecture scheme helps provide it’s trainees with the chance of working on real, live projects, in a mature environment.

You'll be joining Maritime - Submarines — the part of BAE Systems that has been tasked with turning Britain's future defence ambitions into reality. We're the people who are building the next generation of submarines for the Royal Navy.

What you’ll need

To apply for the Naval Architecture Higher Apprentice Trainee Scheme, you’ll require a minimum of three A-levels (or equivalent) at grade A* - C including mathematics and a science related subject, excluding general studies.

Qualifications aside, excellent teamwork, organisation and communication skills are essential to the role as you would be expected to liaise with all levels within the business and deal with external customers as required. Applicants will be expected to be medically fit as deemed necessary to perform the role, be eligible to work in the UK and be able to successfully achieve security clearance. As a company committed to talent, we welcome applications from a diverse range of people, from all backgrounds and with many different skills, experience and perspectives.

Your development 

The focus of the Naval Architecture HA Trainee Scheme is on the development of the individual. You will be fully funded by the company to study part time to achieve a Higher Apprenticeship and Foundation Degree in Engineering before spending the final 2 years of the scheme studying towards a full honours degree relevant to Naval Architecture.

You’ll also have the opportunity to learn from colleagues who are experts in their field, and gain insights that can only come from experience in the workplace. You will also be expected to take part in ‘Stretch Assignments’ these are opportunities to be involved in a variety of charitable and promotional projects to develop additional skills to those that can be learnt through college\placements.


  • Higher Education opportunity fully funded by BAE Systems (No University debt!)
  • Competitive starting salary, currently £17,500 potentially rising between £300-1200 every six months based upon your development
  • 25 days holiday per year
  • Pension scheme
  • Discounted healthcare, car lease and share schemes
  • Wide variety of development/training opportunities

​Application process

The selection process is made up of five stages:

  1. Online application form
  2. Application review
  3. Aptitude testing
  4. Assessment Centre
  5. Medical & Security checks

TOP TIP: Be sure you give yourself enough time to prepare a quality application; it is worth spending some time to make sure all areas of the form are completed fully and properly. Good luck with your application.

Applications are open for 2017 starts between November 2016 and February 2017.